Cocktails

We'll Take Manhattan

Alfred Hitchcock thought a perfect martini was five parts gin and "a quick glance at a Vermouth bottle." But modern vermouth makers want you to trade in your glass of cold gin and olives for the true classic: two parts gin, one part vermouth—but not from the bottle in the back of your liquor cabinet. Read more about We'll Take Manhattan

Starting Early

"Bloody Mary Morning"
Willie Nelson
1974

In civilized society, drinking beer for breakfast is usually considered a sign of degeneracy, alcoholism, or both. But that may have more to do with the choice of drink than it does with the time of day. Read more about Starting Early

Like My Heart

"Pousse-Cafe"
Julie London
1958

Literally, "Pousse-Cafe" means something like "coffee-chaser," and refers to a cocktail served at the end of the meal, after the coffee course, as a digestif. Over time, it's come to mean something more specific: a dramatic style of unmixed mixed drink, and a metaphor for heartbreak. Read more about Like My Heart

Goes Down Easy

Love can be intoxicating. Especially if you aren't expecting it. The same is true of brandy. Read more about Goes Down Easy

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